Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail

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Lolo National Forest

Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Seeley Lake, Montana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length5.4 miElevation gain462 ftRoute typeOut & back
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The trail is relatively easy, but there are a lot of exposed tree roots and a fairly steep section of trail. Watch for horses in the summer and the occasional bicyclist.

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Wink Cleary
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Joshua Valerius
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Clint Ford
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Easy hike. Falls are great. Pretty busy. Four groups total when we got there. All were kind and took turns near the falls. Plenty of space to spread out for lunch with your groups. Good hike for out of towners or kids that may not be used to big hills. Small lake had little trout jumping out of water. Probably an easy catch.

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k2 keeley
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Wide flat trail through fire affected pine forest. What was once probably shady, is now dappled in sunlight. Burnt out trees do not make good cover. Lake is more like a pond. Falls were lovely.

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Phill Guay
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Wendy Kongstvedt
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what a nice hike! tripped on some rocks and roots but only because I couldn't get enough of the amazing landscape! what a beautiful waterfall!

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Katherine Tadej
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Tree Plant
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This was a great, relatively easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. We went on a Wednesday, early afternoon and only saw about 15 other people through the whole hike. It was overcast and about 70 degrees so perfect hiking weather. A few nice places along the way to the falls to view Morrell Lake. Even though the area had a large fire in 2017, there is a lot of new growth to make the hike scenic.

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Cale Marthens
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Beautiful easy trail!

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Crissy Bauman
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Scotty Livengood
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Destini Tocci
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Great trail that is both kid and dog friendly. Arrived just before noon on Friday and the parking lot was packed. Very busy trail today. Beautiful views throughout the post-fire recovering forest. Temperature was perfect. Falls were beautiful. Mosquitoes near the water so bug spray was helpful. We believe we also discovered leaches in the small lake just before the falls so caution would be warranted. Trail is well maintained. Watch for tree roots regularly crossing the trail and the occasional rock. Great hike and would do again!!!

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Sherry McCune
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This was a fun hike. Part of the forest had suffered burn damage a few years ago, but is making a comeback. The falls are gorgeous! You will hear them at several points on the trail long before you see them. Plenty of shade. Many roots on the otherwise clear trail, watch your step. There is a vault toilet at the trail head. I brought 1.5 liters of water in my pack, but wished I’d brought a bit more. There are sweat bees and some horseflies, bug spray would be helpful.

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Kelsey Eschweiler
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Fun hike, great falls! Very open and sunny, don’t forget your sunscreen and bug spray. Awesome spot to sit and relax when you get to the falls, great for a lunch break and splashing around with my kiddo!

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Scott Mehl
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Great trail! Excellent easy hike with the kids (8-14). The first couple miles have next to no shade because of a fire a couple years back. But the payoff at the end is amazing. SUPER dog friendly...on a Sunday afternoon we saw almost half as many dogs as people. Mosquitos weren’t near as bad as other places we’ve been in the Swan Valley.

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Beth Morey
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Flat, clear trail, not very rocky, with an incredible payoff.

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Elizabeth Bobowiec
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Definately easy, not moderate. Falls are beautiful. Open exposed sunny trail.

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Robert Sellers
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Pros. Excellent cascading waterfall at the end with areas of shade. Easy elevation changes. Cons. Crowded on weekends. No shade until end at falls. People forget there’s no outhouse available on the trail and some excrement odors and trash. Mosquitoes can be bad in some areas for some people. They ate me alive but other people in our group were non affected.

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Jennifer Blake
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easy hike. note: no outhouse except for in the parking lot. Not a lot of shade so could be warm if going during the afternoon. lots of tree branches to trip over but trail is mostly flat. great waterfall at the end.

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The Wandering Cuban (Nathanael Herrera)
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Fun hike that is kid friendly. Mostly flat (one are of incline but it’s not so hard that a small child can’t do it). This area burned pretty well a few years back so it is much more sunny throughout the hike than it used to be but the vegetation has grown back pretty well so it is at least scenic. It’s typically high trafficked on the weekends but not so bad firming the week days, especially in shoulder season. Lastly, the bugs can be bad (our last visit there were none) so I’d bring some bug spray just in case.

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Cyn Rainville
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beautiful! kid friendly and worth the hike.

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John McCluskey
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Wonderful payoff!!!

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Haley Auger
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Great little hike! Fairly easy - actually wish I would’ve worn Chacos and there was a few, small lakes before the Falls.

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Race Eiland
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Make sure to bring bug spray for this trail, went on 6/20/20 and was eaten alive from mosquitos. Easy hike and rewarding to see the waterfall.

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Sadie Hansen
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The waterfall was beautiful! We hiked the trail around 9:30- as we were making our way back it started to get pretty busy. Would recommend doing the hike earlier in the day.

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Tanya Moby
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We went last weekend! First time we tried we missed the turn while following Google maps. Second try we found the main road but missed a right turn to the trail head. We went way up high and then walked a trail off a dead end for a mile before turning around to go find the right place. We met other hikers who later reported bear and moose at about 2 miles. When we found the correct trail, it was perfect for us. Some burnt trees, lots of bugs, watch your footing due to roots on trail, fun birds and a turtle, seemed longer than I remembered but the end results was totally worth it! Loved the spray from being below the falls!

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Dave Taylor
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Super fun and easy hike with beautiful falls, creeks and ponds. Midweek crowds are light. Kid and dog friendly!

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